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Nanoscale Inking, Melting, and Soldering With a Heated Atomic Force Microscope Cantilever Tip

[+] Author Affiliations
William P. King, Brent A. Nelson, Tanya L. Wright

Georgia Institute of Technology

Paul A. Sheehan, Lloyd J. Whitman

Naval Research Laboratory

Paper No. IMECE2004-59126, pp. 509-510; 2 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Electronic and Photonic Packaging, Electrical Systems Design and Photonics, and Nanotechnology
  • Anaheim, California, USA, November 13 – 19, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Electronic and Photonic Packaging Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4707-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-4178-2, 0-7918-4179-0, 0-7918-4180-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


Thermal dip pen nanolithography (tDPN) is a nanolithography technique that leverages previous advances in dip pen nanolithography and the design and fabrication of heated atomic force microscope cantilevers. In tDPN a heated atomic force microscope cantilever tip deposits high-melting temperature materials from the tip onto a surface. This technique is distinct from conventional DPN in that the ink molecules are not mobile at room temperature, allowing local control of deposition allowing the tip to be used for metrology of written features without contamination. tDPN represents an advancement in nanometer-scale lithography and manufacturing, which could enable the rapid prototyping and economical manufacture of nanodevices.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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